With a dominating performance in singles, the North Carolina women’s tennis team (17-0) defeated the Louisville Cardinals (7-5) 6-1 on Friday at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
The No. 37 duo of first-year Reese Brantmeier and senior Elizabeth Scotty got off to a hot start against the Cardinals, grabbing the first three game points. The UNC doubles team briefly struggled to close-out the match, but picked up the remaining points to end with a score of 6-3.
Struggling against Louisville’s fast pace and hard hits, No. 4 sophomore Carson Tanguilig and junior Fiona Crawley faced a slower start. Once the UNC team found their rhythm, Tanguilig and Crawley came back from the early deficit to clinch the doubles point for North Carolina, winning 6-3.
Sophomore Lindsay Davis was the only Tar Heel to fall in the singles matches. Crawley, Brantmeier, graduate student Abbey Forbes and Scotty won in straight sets. Tanguilig fought back against her opponent to win in a set tie break, earning the last singles victory for UNC.
Who stood out?
The senior member of North Carolina’s No. 1 doubles team, Scotty was explosive for the doubles match-up. She dominated at the net, picking up quick points for the Tar Heels and giving the team an early lead. While serving, Scotty continued to place the ball well and set up her partner, Brantmeier, for game-winning volleys.
Her dominance continued into singles, making her the first Tar Heel to win a singles point. Scotty swept Louisville senior Maria Campos 6-0 in the first set, followed by a 6-1 win in the second set. Scotty is 12-0 in singles this season after Friday’s match.
After losing in the first set 3-6 in her singles match, Tanguilig turned it around, winning 6-2 in the second set to force a set tie break.
Instead of playing a full third set, the teams faced off in a first-to-10 tie-breaker. The tie-break was tightly contested for the first 12 points, ending with the two players tied at 6-6 before switching sides. Tanguilig went on a run to win the next four points in a row and finish out the match for the Tar Heels.
When was it decided?
In singles, Brantmeier pulled away with a 6-4 victory in the first set, and she clinched the match victory for North Carolina with a decisive 6-0 win in the second set.
Why does it matter?
UNC remains undefeated and successfully holds on to its No. 1 ranking.
Earning the doubles point in Friday’s match-up suggests the team is strengthening its doubles play, after losing the point against the Virginia Cavaliers on Feb. 24. North Carolina’s dominant performance in singles allowed them not only to clinch the match but to cushion the victory with an additional two points.
When do they play next?
The Tar Heels will face No. 14 Notre Dame at Chapel Hill Tennis Club on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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